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I'm taking a weight lifting class at school this term. First class was today. There are about 5 women and 25-30 guys in the class, better ratio than I expected, actually.

Sooooo, by Thursday, I'm supposed to come up with goals so the coach can help us arrange an individualized plan. I asked how specific the goals should be. He wants as specific as possible. He said that if you just say "all over body fitness" then he'll do something for that, but if you have more specific goals, be as specific as possible.

So, my upper body strength goals are to do 10 military style, full body pushups and a wide-grip pull up.

I'm having trouble coming up with a lower body strength goal. I was thinking of squatting with a specific amount of weight, but I have no idea how much weight would be good to shoot for. Any ideas? 50 pounds? More, less? (oh, this is an 18 week semester)

Oh, and every class, we are starting with 5 sets of 35 crunches, adding 5 crunches per set every week until we reach 5 sets of 50. EEEK. I don't usually do that much ab work, thinking that my yoga stuff is probably enough.

Ishtar

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I'm having trouble coming up with a lower body strength goal. I was thinking of squatting with a specific amount of weight, but I have no idea how much weight would be good to shoot for. Any ideas? 50 pounds? More, less? (oh, this is an 18 week semester)

50 lbs. sounds low. 100?

Thanks!
Joe
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50 lbs. sounds low. 100?


Does it? right now, I can barely complete three sets of squats with no weight or only about 10 pounds, and I'm female. Does it still sound low?

Ishtar
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Are you talking about squatting 50 lbs., or doing three sets of 50 lb. squats? For three sets, 50-75 lbs. might be reasonable. I think you said you've got four months? I think?

Thanks!
Joe
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Be carefull of weight excercises that require you to lift weight off your shoulders from behind your neck.I messed up my rotator cuff by doing these over a period of years.
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Are you talking about squatting 50 lbs., or doing three sets of 50 lb. squats? For three sets, 50-75 lbs. might be reasonable. I think you said you've got four months? I think?


Oh, I see what you're saying!!! Yes, four months. Thanks!

Ishtar
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This may seeem foolish but a set of 12 squats is about 80% max. An increase of 15% would be reasonable in the first four months. So get a good base at 12 and just plug along. If you use a machine you can push a litle harder. Still I think 15-20 % is reasonable.

Part of your time will be spent teaching your brain form and the squat is not to be fooled with- as they say. Take it easy and it will come together for you.

Binturong
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